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Dud Priest Continues to Damage the Church

It is hard to see how rebel catholic priest Peter Kennedy can believe he is doing the right thing. For years he has refused to teach the catholic faith, offering instead his own version of easy to digest do-it-yourself Christianity mixed with popular psychology. He has refused to accept guidance about why what he is doing is wrong, and refused to stand aside so that the people of his parish could have what they are entitled to – a priest who will teach and live the faith.

Now after reaching a mediation with church authorities which will see him replaced at St Mary’s South Brisbane, he has announced he intends to set up a church of his own (and that’s what it will be, his church, not Christ’s church) only a few hundred metres away.

A priest is supposed to be a father to his congregation, is supposed to protect and care for them, is supposed to teach them the faith so that they may be nurtured and grow in Christ. He is entrusted, and this is a solemn trust which ought to make every clergyman tremble, with the spiritual well-being of his people.

Clergy have crises of faith all the time. Occasionally clergy go off the rails. Very occasionally a priest will lose his faith completely. Clergy are human. As I have said before, I do not object to someone believing something other than the catholic faith (though I think they are losing out if they do).

The problem here is that Peter Kennedy is instead insisting on his ‘right’ to teach the people of St Mary’s South Brisbane his own philosophy, which seems to be a bizarre collection of every currently trendy notion, while telling them that this is the catholic faith. This is simply dishonest.

His beliefs are not the issue. His integrity is – if he had any, he would have left long ago.


  1. Matilda

    You obviously don’t know anything about this. Peter is a caring man. He has tried to talk to church authorities but they have not wanted to hear anything has says. He has been a good friend to my family for 3 years and we will be going with him to his new church.

  2. Peter

    I have no doubt Peter Kennedy is a ‘nice’ man. But that is not the issue.
    If you are a catholic priest, you have an obligation to teach the catholic faith. He has not done this, despite remarkably patient efforts by church leaders to assist and guide him.
    If he really felt so strongly that what the church has taught for 2000 years is not right, and what he now believes is, then he should have explained to the parish that he had reached a point where he no longer believed the faith, and left.
    Instead, by continuing as parish priest, he has claimed his beliefs are the catholic faith, or an acceptable variant of it. This, as has been pointed out to him repeatedly is not so.
    This is not negotiable. Archbishop Bathersby could listen till the cows came home, and it wouldn’t make any difference, any more than extended listening would make 2×2=5.
    He has already caused great harm to St Mary’s South Brisbane. Setting up his own church so near is simply wrong.

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